AOL is suing the operators of a web-based pornography company over millions of unsolicited emails with sexual content that the company has allegedly sent to AOL members since May 1999.
The online service provider has charged Cyber Entertainment Network with illegally using its computer systems to send millions of sexual-oriented messages touting the Florida-based company's adult web sites to AOL members.
That was done in violation of AOL's antispam policies and member service agreements, the suit alleges.
The messages are being sent "indiscriminately to AOL members without regard to whether the member has any desire to view the adult material, or whether the member account is accessible to children," according to the lawsuit.
AOL is seeking £6.65 in damages for each unsolicited e-mail message that was sent and £16,745 for each day during which such messages were transmitted using AOL's computer network.
Among the individuals named in the suit are John Bennett Jr, who is identified as president and chairman of Cyber Entertainment Network, and Joseph Elkind, who is identified as the company's CEO.